In an effort to educate ourselves and any other skateboarders who don’t qualify for “O.G. New Yorker” status, we’re visiting some of the city’s most iconic spots with local skate historians and asking them to walk us through the timelines of these architectural blessings. What we came up with is a new series on the “Evolution of…” New York City’s skate spots.
For our fourth installment, we headed to The Bronx to visit the Jerome Ave. Banks. The spot is made up of five giant stair sets in a row (but only four are actually skateable), with crusty ass banks on either side. We hit up Aaron Herrington, who was one of the first people we saw skate the spot in his Static IV part, to tour the neighborhood and share stories about what’s gone down there.
These banks are not buttery, even for seasoned crust hunters. They’re riddled with broken glass, dog shit, and general NYC street muck. The fact that no skaters (that we know of) have come away from this spot with tetanus or hepatitis is a lowkey miracle.
Absorb some spot history in the video above and yell at us below if you’ve got a spot you want us to profile. (Just make sure it’s not only available in THPS.)
Brian Delatorre [top]
Stevie Perez [last]
HOW CHAD CARUSO SKATED ACROSS AMERICA
Chad did it the way most skateboarders would: independently and without much of a plan.
JOSH KALIS ON BUILDING AN INDOOR SKATEPARK WITH GRANITE FROM LOVE PARK
"Laying the granite tiles was the most torturous part because you’re on your knees. It was a month straight of doing 1,600 tiles."
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE OFFICIAL BROOKLYN BANKS COMEBACK
We talked with Steve Rodriguez about the imminent reopening of The Banks, which has been in the works for 13 years now.
JENKEM MIX 126: ANTONIO DURAO
Much like Antonio himself, this one’s got it all… An auditory gumbo, if you will.
MEET THEO HAND, THE PHOTOGRAPHER WHO SHOT ALL YOUR FAVORITE ’90S PROS
Theo helped shape how skateboarding looks in the modern age, documenting names like Chad Muska, Tom Penny & Ali Boulala, all in their prime.
May 28, 2019 1:31 pm
May 28, 2019 2:07 pm
Eli Reed has a clip at :40 here too
May 28, 2019 2:41 pm
May 28, 2019 5:55 pm
Didn’t jerry Hsu switch Ollie that in bag of suck?
May 28, 2019 6:00 pm
Just rewatched, similar looking spot but not that spot. Sorry for the false memory.
May 28, 2019 6:16 pm
Cool, thanks for the clear-up
May 29, 2019 12:12 am
I always thought that was the same spot too